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Written by Matt TaibbiAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Matt Taibbi
Illustrated by Molly CrabappleAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Molly Crabapple

  • Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
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  • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
  • On Sale: April 8, 2014
  • Price: $27.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8129-9342-4 (0-8129-9342-X)
about this book

Over the last two decades, America has been falling deeper and deeper into a statistical mystery:
 
Poverty goes up. Crime goes down. The prison population doubles.
Fraud by the rich wipes out 40 percent of the world’s wealth. The rich get massively richer. No one goes to jail.
 
In search of a solution, journalist Matt Taibbi discovered the Divide, the seam in American life where our two most troubling trends–growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration–come together, driven by a dramatic shift in American citizenship: Our basic rights are now determined by our wealth or poverty.
 
In The Divide, Matt Taibbi takes students on a galvanizing journey through both sides of our new system of justice. Through astonishing–and enraging–accounts of the high-stakes capers of the wealthy and nightmare stories of regular people caught in the Divide’s punishing logic, Taibbi lays bare one of the greatest challenges we face in contemporary American life: surviving a system that devours the lives of the poor, turns a blind eye to the destructive crimes of the wealthy, and implicates us all.